HamCram study of­fered

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By EBELE EZEPUE

Peter Moore says ham ra­dio is like fish­ing.

“You put across a call, you might get a re­sponse or you might not. If you get a call you can re­ply and talk about any­thing such as weather or emer­gen­cies.

“My wife Jenny says I’m on the ra­dio 24/7 talk­ing a lot of rub­bish,” said Peter laugh­ing.

He grew up in the UK and was 10 when he started the hobby col­lect­ing old ra­dios and con­vert­ing them.

“It is my hobby and now with my new state-of-the-art, soft­ware-de­fined ra­dio, I use the com­puter to gen­er­ate in­for­ma­tion and tones which I can trans­mit glob­ally through the an­tenna.”

Sixty-four years later he’s on the other side of the world and talk­ing to peo­ple back in the UK.

Peter is a mem­ber of am­a­teur ra­dio emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions in New Zealand that also sup­ports po­lice and Civil De­fence dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

“We give our ser­vices freely and have a pool of op­er­a­tors who go to sup­port the po­lice and Civil De­fence to help them op­er­ate their ra­dios in times of emer­gen­cies or search and res­cue ex­er­cises.”

He noted that in the case of emer­gen­cies am­a­teur ra­dio op­er­a­tors are al­lowed to trans­mit in­for­ma­tion to re­peater sys­tems any­where in the world, un­like the ra­dio sta­tions that are as­signed one chan­nel only.

Peter is also a mem­ber of the Manawatu¯ Am­a­teur Ra­dio So­ci­ety Club, which is cur­rently work­ing with the Whanganui club to bring more peo­ple on board.

The clubs are of­fer­ing a self-study pro­gramme called HamCram which in­cludes an am­a­teur ra­dio op­er­a­tor’s cer­tifi­cate exam.

Peter also ex­plained the na­ture of the up­com­ing hamcram exam and said it will be much eas­ier than it used to be.

“It is not go­ing to be as tech­ni­cal as it used to be in my time when you have to draw a di­a­gram and ex­plain how it works.

“The word ‘cram’ in hamcram acro­nym is to say that can­di­dates are ex­pected to cram a lot within a short pe­riod and write ex­ams in two days.

“Whereas the term ‘ham’ was coined in the 1920s by Amer­i­cans who called us hams in­stead of amateurs,” said Peter.

En­tries are open un­til Septem­ber 30 for those who want to tap into the fun of elec­tron­ics and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies in am­a­teur ra­dio oper­a­tion.

Suc­cess­ful can­di­dates will be given unique call signs and can op­er­ate ra­dio equip­ment ca­pa­ble of in­ter­na­tional and space-based com­mu­ni­ca­tion any time.

PHOTO / EBELE EZEPUE

HAM ra­dio hob­by­ist Peter Moore poised for the next call.

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